Airy Airy, Quite Contrary | Star Magazine

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What do you do when it’s polluted outdoors? You stay indoors. Science will have you know, however, that indoor air isn’t as pure as you think it is. There are a lot of household objects that tend to emit fumes that aren’t visible to the human eye. They may not be large in their quantities, but given how we spend 80% of our time indoors, they add up. Electronics, plastics, even building materials… anything that isn’t natural or organic, tends to emit chemicals into the air. Now I don’t mean to go all conspiracy-theorist on you, but they say having a house garden is the best way to ensure you breathe completely natural, healthy air. The Airy is a planter designed for that very purpose.

You see, while photosynthesis ensures that the leaves absorb CO2 to create ‘plant food’ and sustain themselves, the roots of the plant actually absorb chemicals and minerals, both in-soil and airborne. The Airy is an innovative planter designed to expose as much of the root of a plant to the air, giving it the capacity to purify over 40 cubic meters of air in a given day. That, my friend, is a LOT! Not to mention, a nice little plant always brightens up the place, doesn’t it?

Designer: Amilios Grohmann

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Aim for a Better Healthcare System

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Autonomous cars are cropping up everywhere and the market is as competitive as ever. We recently were introduced to some very interesting concepts; the Audi Aicon without a steering wheel and the Renault SYMBIOZ where the car itself was considered a living room when not in use. What we don’t see enough of, are the strides being made for autonomous vehicles with alternative uses like first AID, packaging delivery or even snow plowing.

Ben Collette & Clement Gallois have envisioned a magnificent on-demand healthcare system in the form of a self-driving clinic. This minimizes the logistical burden on the patients and makes them more likely to engage in their care before conditions and costs escalate in the process. This mobile clinic is optimized for self-assessment with diagnostic services like thermography, imaging and breathing analysis – with the addition of a built-in pressure-sensitive scale to measure weight, BMI, balance, and posture, a seat providing an acoustic analysis of respiration and cardiac rhythm. Packed full of sensors and diagnostic equipment, this AI-driven clinic does one better by dispensing the most popular and frequently needed medicines – with the mobile clinic holding a small inventory of medicines, this removes the logistical burden of picking up new medication from the pharmacy.

The Aim mobile clinic is a beautiful look into the ever-evolving technology and innovative systems being adapted day-to-day. The vehicle has a very unobtrusive shape that’s light on the eye, with a protruded doorway on either side – welcoming the user with a warm light following around the door frame. The subtle light details on the closed doors and the rear of this vehicle are what add a strong element of thought to the process – including the use of a black rear to this mobile clinic which makes the already space saving design seem even more compact.

Designers: Ben Collette & Clement Gallois

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Air Cooling Made Portable | Star Magazine

With road-side objects literally melting in Arizona and people cooking eggs on the sidewalks, it makes you wonder… how do we effectively battle this global warming crisis? And more personally, how do we stay cool without burning more electricity?

The answer is… Evaporative Coolers! These upright coolers can work as makeshift ACs while consuming roughly 10% of the electricity. How do they work? The cooler relies on a water tank to cool surrounding air down. The water evaporates and helps drop the temperature of the warm air. Quilo, like most evaporative coolers, uses a minimal amount of electricity to cool ambient air. Top off the Quilo with ice cubes and you can cool your air down further by up to 10°F. A dedicated ice-cube box helps the Quilo cool your air down further without wasting excess electricity like an air conditioner would.

Quilo cools in the summer, but its evaporative air technology works great in the winters too when you need a humidifier. In its humidifier mode, the Quilo uses water from its lower reservoir (which you need to top off every now and then) and makes the air humid during the dry season. It comes with a remote that allows you to work it with relative ease, and works silently, making no noise whatsoever. The fact that the Quilo, unlike air conditioners, is wheel-mounted means you can wheel it wherever you go, using it in every room of your house.

In temperate countries, especially like where I’m from, Evaporative Coolers are a heaven-sent. They operate in an area between fans and ACs, providing cool air and bringing down room temperatures, while not burning a hole through your pocket with high electricity usage. Plus the very fact that they’re portable and can be wheeled/carried from room to room makes them such a winner!

Designer: Quilo Design

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Aging Never Looked So Good!

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It might not be relevant to you NOW, but one day, there’s a good chance you might need a walker, my friend! The unfortunately reality is that most of today’s walkers are… well… hideous. But, just because you’re old and decrepit doesn’t mean you don’t care how you or your walker look! That’s the idea behind Iris.

The Iris walker was designed with as much style as functionality. It’s lightweight, easy to use, easy to fold, and completely practical all while having a slim silhouette, tasteful colors, and a fashionable built-in bag for any goodies you need on-the-go. Unlike those big, bulky, grey contraptions, it erases the stigma associated with aging and failing mobility.

Designer: Reut Meiri‏‏‎

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Adventure-ready 3D Tech | Star Magazine

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Designed for sports enthusiasts from skiers to cyclists, PLUS is a modular camera/light system that allows users to relive their experiences in stunning 3D. During the day, users can record their adventures and when it gets dark they can use PLUS to illuminate their way.

Capable of being mounted almost anywhere, these interlocking blocks can be attached to anything from helmets to handlebars. Its small size makes it easy to carry in a bag or even a pocket. If you regularly use a bicycle light, you’ll always have your 3D camera handy!

Designer: Jeongdae Kim

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Aerial Grand Prix! | Star Magazine

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Today marks a big day for drone tech. Amazon, the e-retail giant, conducted its first successful drone delivery today, giving one lucky customer their consignment completely via a drone. Drones, no matter how much you love or hate them, have come a long way in the past decade, and If you were to ask me what the coming decade would look like, I’d give you a simple answer. Drone NASCAR. Or NASDAR?

nepdesign seems to share that very outlook, and have given us a taste of the drone racing world with their Racing Drone concept. Designed with a sort of 360° streamlined shape, these drones are about looking badass, and slicing through the air with absolute speed. In fact, to make them do that with greater efficiency, nepdesign has even visualized a carbon fiber variant. Although how would you make a racetrack for something that flies in the air?? Hmmm…

Designer: nepdesign

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